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The Toyota Mirai: Looking A Lot Less Like Bulls–t

Posted by Stephen On Tuesday, May 12th, 2015

2015 Toyota Mirai

The upcoming Toyota Mirai FCV has been a car of some controversy, to say the least. On the one hand, you have Toyota officials and many others in the auto industry (most of whom are developing their own FCVs) claiming that hydrogen is THE answer to clean, renewable fuel. Others, like Tesla’s Elon Musk, say that fuel-cell vehicles are straight-up “bulls–t”.

Toyota has heard their critics, and they have answered in perhaps one of the cleverest marketing stunts of the past decade – they partnered with Morgan Spurlock to create this video, called “Fueled by Bullsh*t”. Check it out if you haven’t already seen it:

The video demonstrates how one could, if one were so inclined, extract hydrogen from cow manure. The video ends with a Toyota Mirai literally running on bull hockey. It is the first in an ongoing series of videos called “Fueled by Everything” which Toyota will use to promote their upcoming commercial FCV.

Meanwhile, first drive reviews of the Toyota Mirai are starting to roll in, such as this review from The Washington Post. WP’s Drew Harwell had the chance to ride around D.C. behind the wheel of the four-door sedan, and his conclusion is candid, but optimistic.

“Riding this, it really feels like something that could be the future, but until there’s that hydrogen infrastructure, it’s really going to be hard to see this getting in everybody’s garage, at least in the short-term,” Harrell said at the end of his review.

The Toyota Mirai will go on sale for $57,500 when it launches in California later this year, and Toyota only plans to sell 3,000 units in the US by the end of 2017. For that price, you’ll get a completely emissions-free car with a 300-mile range – more than any plug-in electric vehicle currently on the market – and a 5-minute refuel time, just like petrol. Harrell was adamant that the car itself is a blast to drive with great steering and responsive acceleration, along with all the creature comforts one could ask for in a modern-day interior.

Meanwhile, the Toyota Mirai and FCVs in general still have plenty of critics. For example, Clean Technica points out that even though the Mirai itself may be emissions-free, the processing and transportation of hydrogen – the well-to-wheel emissions, if you will – still requires lots of natural gas. But, Toyota isn’t just thinking about the next five years or even the next decade… They really believe the FCV will be the car of the future; the car we’ll still be driving in 100 years.

Japanese Car Auction Find – 2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid

2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid

Realistically, most of us won’t have access to the Toyota Mirai for several years yet. We’re stuck with plain old hybrid cars like this 2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid until the hydrogen infrastructure is more widely adopted around the world. But, there’s nothing wrong with that – the Camry is a great car that needs no introduction.

2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid rear

This Japanese car auction find is particularly reminiscent of the Toyota Mirai with its pearl white paint job (which is one of only two colors we’ve ever seen the FCV depicted in), but of course it is a much more affordable car, even new. The Camry is reliable, fun to drive and has great fuel-economy… All things you probably already knew, since it is after all one of the most well-known and beloved cars of all time. For a detailed rundown of this specific car’s auction sheet, keep reading below:

2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid auction sheet

Interior C, exterior condition C, first registered May 2012, Hybrid G Package, DAA emissions code, FAT, AAC, first time in auction, HDD navigation system, rear view reversing camera, TV, smart entry and start, original navigation system, original TV, ABS, airbag, original alloy wheels, power steering, power windows, FAT, AAC, console scratches, carpets have medium stains, interior grime, scratches under bumpers, front windscreen stone scratches, marks as per map


Toyota Corolla ESport & Camry Extremo Debut in Bangkok

Posted by Stephen On Friday, March 27th, 2015

We don’t always get a chance to cover some of the smaller international auto shows, but this week’s Bangkok Motor Show had a couple special treats from Toyota that we wanted to share with our dear readership. Check out the Nürburgring Edition  of the Toyota Corolla ESport and the Toyota Camry Extremo below:

Toyota Corolla ESPort Nürburgring Edition

Toyota Corolla ESPort Nurburgring edition

Toyota Thailand has prepared a special version of their Corolla to commemorate the Corolla Altis’ 7th place finish in last year’s 24-hour endurance race on the Nürburgring. This is a direct homage to that car, labeled the Toyota Corolla ESport Nürburgring Edition.

Toyota Corolla ESPort Nurburgring edition rear

Unfortunately, an honest to goodness high-performance Toyota Corolla is a little too good to be true. Toyota Thailand hasn’t made any actual powertrain upgrades to the Corolla ESport – it still runs on the same 1.8L four-cylinder petrol with a modest 141 horsepower, paired to a CVT that drives power to the front wheels of the car. However, they have revised the suspension to offer more invigorating driving dynamics than the regular Corolla ESport.

Toyota Corolla ESPort Nurburgring edition interior

The rest of the changes are purely aesthetic. Toyota Thailand added beautiful 17-inch alloys that perfectly accentuate the new piano-black grille and extra-large front bumper. They’ve also added a spoiler and diffuser to the back of the car, and the cabin gets black leather-wrapped seats with sporty red accents.

Toyota Camry Extremo

2016 Toyota Camry Extremo

Unlike the Corolla ESport Nürburgring Edition, the facelifted Toyota Camry Extremo doesn’t commemorate any on-track achievement. We find it a bit funny that Toyota Thailand decided to add horsepower to this one and not the Corolla ESport. Granted, the Camry Extremo is a permanent offer for Thailand’s drivers so it makes sense that they would put a bit more effort into it, even if it isn’t a limited edition model.

Under the hood you’ll find that the 2.0L engine has been tuned up to 167 horsepower and 147 lb-ft of torque, and the transmission has been upgraded to a six-speed automatic. The Extremo will slot beneath the Camry 2.5G in the Toyota Thailand’s lineup, and will be the first Camry they’ve targeted specifically at young, sporty drivers. Of course, the real appeal for the new Extremo comes from the aggressive new body kit complete with side skirts and chrome 17-inch alloys.

2016 Toyota Camry Extremo interior

Inside, the Toyota Extremo’s cabin stands out from the crowd with features like adaptive cruise control, conductive wireless smartphone charging, and three-zone custom climate control complete with ventilated seats to keep everyone in the car comfortable.

While we don’t ever expect either the Camry Extremo or the Corolla ESport Nurburgring Edition to go on sale internationally, it’s always fun to see what Toyota’s domestic branches are doing to find new ways of reaching out to their domestic market.


Toyota Camry, Corolla & Avalon Coming to Chicago

Posted by Stephen On Tuesday, February 10th, 2015

The 2015 Chicago auto show opens next week, and this week Toyota has been busy prepping us for the three new models they plan to showcase at the event. Well, one new model and two special edition models that will be shown in Chicago ahead of their 2016MY debut.

Facelifted 2016 Toyota Avalon

2016 Toyota Avalon Teaser

The star of the show, and the only one that Toyota is giving us a real teaser for, is the 2016 Toyota Avalon. This is a mid-cycle refresh for the fourth-generation full-size sedan, and all we know so far is that the front fascia will get a major overhaul with a new chrome-outlined hexagonal lower grille. The front lip looks slightly more aggressive, and it looks like the LEDs have been redesigned with new vertical LEDs.

The exterior design is all-around more refined than the current model’s, and we expect that the interior will get similar treatment with new upholstery and trim options, along with several new tech. updates. We expect the powertrain options to remain totally the same.

Toyota Camry Special Edition

2016 Toyota Camry Special Edition

Along with the facelifted Avalon, Toyota will showcase limited, Special Edition versions of their 2016 Camry and Corolla.

The Toyota Camry special edition will be based on the normal Toyota Camry SE trim. Toyota has added custom 18-inch alloys with glossy black accents. It will also get unique Special Edition badging, smoked taillights, and will be available in either Blizzard Pearl or Blue Streak Metallic.

2016 Toyota Camry Special Edition interior

The interior will be stylized with vibrant blue stitching to contrast the black-and-chrome interior. Even the gauges will get sleek electric blue dials.

Toyota Corolla Special Edition

2016 Toyota Corolla Special Edition

The Toyota Corolla special edition get similar treatment to the Camry, with the biggest difference being the red color scheme instead of blue. It will be based on the Corolla S Plus, with rich, glossy black alloys, Special Edition badging just like the Camry’s, and three new color options – Black Sand Pearl, Super White and Absolutely Red (pictured).

2016 Toyota Corolla Special Edition interior

Again, the limited Corolla’s interior gets largely the same treatment as the Camry’s, except the contrast stitching is red instead of blue.

Toyota plans to build 12,000 special edition Camrys and 8,000 Corollas, so if you like what you see at the Chicago Auto Show next week, be sure to order yours ASAP. Alternatively, if you want something more affordable, you can check out our Integrity Exports auction database to find cars like this:


The Toyota Sleeper Camry is SEMA’s Most Memorable Car

Posted by Stephen On Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

2015 Toyota Camry Sleeper

Imagine this: you’re waiting around in the Central Hall at the SEMA show waiting for what you think will be a showing of a lightly modified 2015 Toyota Camry, like the one above. Suddenly, a loud rev cuts through the air, and a hydraulic pump lifts the conventional sedan’s body to reveal…

2015 Toyota Sleeper Camry Drag Car

Who could have guessed that the most extreme build Toyota has ever unveiled at SEMA would come in the body of a Toyota Camry? Believe it or not, that’s exactly what they did with their Toyota Sleeper Camry, a jaw-droppingly fast drag racer hidden under the body of a family sedan.

We’d already covered every other car that Toyota showcased at this year’s SEMA show, but there was one missing from the promised 15 concepts we were told to expect. This is that car, and Toyota held off unveiling it until the event was more than halfway over.

Toyota’s Motorsports Technical Center Director, Chuck Wade, described what they were going for with this secretive racer. “This Camry is the ultimate sleeper – it definitely has the element of surprise on its side and more than enough muscle to drop the hammer on any unsuspecting car that pulls up.”

Exactly how much muscle is the Sleeper Camry hiding?

According to Toyota, the drag car can travel a quarter of a mile from a dead stop in 9.80 seconds.

How?

Underneath the shell of a normal 2015 Camry, Toyota’s Tech. Center built the car with the Tundra’s 5.7L V8 engine, transmission and rear axle, plus the truck’s electronics. Then, Toyota fitted the V8 with a TRD supercharger and a wet nitrous system, and topped the build off with rugged DOT 335/30/18 drag tires from Goodyear.

Even though it’s hard to tell from the picture, the Camry body that fits of the race car chassis is actually functional – you can open the front doors to get in and out of the sedan just like normal. However, the inside is completely stripped down other than a single bucket seat, driver controls and a gauge display.

All in all, this is definitely the car we’ll most remember from the 2014 SEMA event, and we’re glad to see that Toyota still has a sense of humor.

2014 Toyota Camry for Auction

2014 Toyota Camry Hybrid

Even though you’ll likely never get to drive Toyota’s Sleeper Camry, the regular Camry is still a great-looking car with a lot to offer most buyers.

Today’s auction find is a 2014 Toyota Camry Hybrid G Package in top-notch shape. This family-sized sedan runs on a hybrid powertrain (see the blue Toyota logo?) with a 2.5L Atkinson cycle engine that outputs about 154hp and 153 lb-ft of torque on its own. As you can see below, the exterior is clean and the interior is spacious and well-kept.

2014 Toyota Camry Hybrid interior

With less than 500 miles on the odometer, it’s not too surprising that this auction find has an overall S grade (literally shinsha, or “new car”) and A-grade interior. Keep reading below the auction sheet for a full rundown on this find.

2014 Toyota Camry Hybrid auction sheet

 
“Grade S, interior A, exterior A, first registered May 2014, Hybrid G Package model, original navigation system and TV, FAT, AAC, 495KM, power steering, power windows, original AWs, ABS, airbag, original navigation system, original TV, marks as per map”


Redesigned 2015 Toyota Camry Coming to New York Auto Show

Posted by Stephen On Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

Toyota Camry

Toyota has just announced that their best-selling Camry sedan will receive its first major design changes since 2011 for the 2015 model year. Furthermore, we will see those changes in-the-metal at the upcoming 2014 New York Auto Show, where the new sedan will make its official debut.

We first heard rumors about a Camry facelift towards the end of last year when the Corolla and Avalon were seeing their own major changes. Toyota had said that they would be paying “significant attention” to the Camry in 2014, so this isn’t a major surprise. However, while the surprise isn’t major, the redesign is alleged to be.

Apparently, another automotive blog, AutoGuide, has an informant inside Toyota’s Design Research team, and they’ve hinted at some of the specific changes we can expect from next year’s model. But let’s back up a bit first…

Toyota Furia Concept

In January, Toyota’s US Head of Design, Kevin Hunter, readily admitted that the current Camry is, frankly, boring. As such, Toyota told us that the new Camry would be more “emotional” and “impactful” than its current iteration. If that sounds familiar, it’s probably because you’re remembering the Toyota Furia Concept (above), which eventually led to the new Toyota Corolla.

We now know exactly where the new Toyota Camry will take its “emotional” and “impactful” inspiration from – the highly acclaimed Scion FR-S / Toyota GT 86, pictured below:

Toyota GT 86

Since 2011, the Camry’s year-to-year design updates have been limited to new headlights and taillights, or maybe a slightly altered grille on a good year. However, it looks as if the new Camry will be an all-around more aggressive-looking car. And a more competitive car too – AutoGuide’s source specifically claimed that the new Camry will have “much better styling and technology than the Accord.”

Specific aesthetic changes that the informant confirmed include a front-end design reminiscent of the Scion FR-S, featuring a large, low-hanging mesh grille with the iconic Toyota logo situated just above. He also hinted that the rear-end styling will evoke the Lexus ES sedan.

2014 Lexus ES Rear View

 In addition to the numerous exterior changes, the 2015 Toyota Camry will apparently receive extensive interior updates. This is to be expected, since Honda and Nissan have both been able to deliver high-quality, premium interiors in their current iterations of the Accord and Altima. The onus is on Toyota to surpass their competitors with a luxurious and high-tech interior of their own. Early rumors hint at a completely overhauled interior trim, along with new technologies like a customizable thin-film-transistor (TFT) display for the front dash.

Mechanically, the new Camry might not get any new powertrain configurations (we still don’t know one way or another), but it definitely will offer better driving dynamics through a retuned suspension.

The new Camry can’t come soon enough for Toyota, as their 12-year best-selling sedan is in danger of losing its title for the 2014MY. In the first two months of the year, the Camry has actually fallen behind the Nissan Altima in total sales. It seems that drivers are finally tired of the boring-but-reliable Camry, so we’re definitely looking forward to seeing what Toyota can bring to the table to spice up their currently bland sedan.


Toyota Camry Hits 10M Sales in US, but at What Cost?

Posted by Stephen On Thursday, July 4th, 2013

This has been a very interesting year for the Toyota Camry. 2013 marks the 30th year of the Camry’s existence, and for those of us keeping score, this will be the 12th year in a row that Toyota’s flagship sedan has sat as the best-selling car in America. Coincidentally, this year is also when the Toyota Camry has surpassed 10 million sales in the US.

With the achievement of these two magnificent milestones, you’d think that the future of the Toyota Camry would be brighter than ever. However, as you continue reading, you’ll find that some of Toyota’s competitors may finally be coming close to overthrowing the king.

Toyota Camry Offers Unprecedented Reliability and Resaleability

First, let’s look at what’s made the Camry so popular these past 11 years. Over and over again, the unique selling point Toyota hammers home about their sedan is its resilience. Toyota claims that of the 10 million total Camrys sold in America, 6.4 million are still on the road today — that’s 65% of all Camrys ever to roll off the lot of a US dealership! Apparently, 773 of those are 1983 originals.

A look at the economic side of the Toyota Camry will reveal that there’s only one other car in the mid-size sedan segment with a higher 36-month estimated value – the Honda Accord. After three years, a 2013 Toyota Camry is expected to be worth about 54% of its original value; the current Accord is estimated to be worth about 56%. The segment average is just a hair over 50%.

Toyota Camrys for Sale

At this point, you may be starting to scratch your head. If the Camry is more robust than ever (and it is), and it’s projected to retain the second-most value in its class, then what’s the problem?

Increased Incentives and More Fleet Sales Cause Worry

The problem is what Toyota is being forced to do in order to retain the Camry’s place at the top of the food chain. According to a an interesting story over at Automotive News, Toyota insiders are worried that increased incentives and a higher percentage of fleet sales will have a negative long-term effect on the Japanese car’s resale value. In other words, because Camrys are being sold cheaper and in greater volumes than ever before, they can’t possibly retain their value. It’s basic supply and demand.

But, believe it or not, there are some smart people working at Toyota. Even though they currently average $2,750 in incentives per Camry ($450 more than at the beginning of 2013), they’re not doing it in ignorance. Automotive News reports that Bill Fay, Toyota Division General Manager, had this to say about the Camry’s future, “We will do what is necessary to get the vehicle into the hands of new and loyal customers. Incentives will remain as competitive as they need to be.”

In other words, Toyota now has the most competitive incentives in its class, and they want to keep it that way. Really, it makes sense. Even if the resale value of the Camry suffers over the long haul, if total sales improve, it’s at least a wash. And, it’s reasonable to assume that most drivers who buy a Camry once will be impressed enough to do so again… Toyota is counting on brand loyalty over economical positioning for long-term success.

Is the Toyota Camry Headed Downhill?

Should you be worried that the Toyota Camry will lose its title as the best-selling car in America in 2014? Probably not, but anything is possible.

Should you be worried that the Camry will continue to be an excellent, robust vehicle, one of the top sedans in the world? No. Absolutely not.

Most importantly, is Toyota worried? Not a chance. “We couldn’t be more excited about Camry’s 10 millionth sale in the US,” said senior VP Bill Carter. All eyes ahead. Toyota’s got a plan.

Sources: Autoblog, Car Scoops


2013 Toyota Camry Claims Korea Car Of The Year in Huge Upset

Posted by Stephen On Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

For the first time ever, a non-Korean-made vehicle has claimed Korea’s Car Of The Year Award. Which vehicle is the usurper? The 2013 Toyota Camry sedan, of course, which launched just a year ago in the newly opened South Korean market. Maybe this doesn’t seem like a huge surprise since the Toyota Camry has dominated just about every other market. You may think, why should Korea be any different?

How about because Korean and Japanese automakers have had a fierce rivalry extending decades beyond the first KCOTY award in 2010? (Not to mention … the War as well!)

With that in mind, it makes sense that Korean automakers would be outraged that a Japanese car was able to take the traditionally patriotic Korea Car Of The Year Award. Since 2010, the KCOTY has gone to Hyundai twice and Kia once, and now it goes to Toyota. Blasphemy!

More seriously, the KCOTY Award is good news for more than just the massive Japanese automaker. After all, most of us don’t need the Koreans to tell us that the 2013 Toyota Camry sedan is one of the best automobiles ever made. This award is bigger than that – it marks a shift in the Korean market for all international manufacturers. American, European and Japanese car makers should all be happy for Toyota’s win.

2013 Toyota Camry

Consider that according to The Detroit News, 99% of vehicles sold in Korea were locally made even as recently as the early 2000s. In fact I can remember traveling in Korea in the mid 90s and seeing nothing but Korean cars, often built on the plans of superseded GM models. In a short 10 year time period, new trade regulations have made South Korea much friendlier to foreign manufacturers. American manufacturers in particular have enjoyed the benefits of a free trade pact; same for Japanese brands who have factories in America, like Toyota. In fact, Toyota’s American presence was pivotal in introducing the Camry to Korea thanks to a highly favorable won-dollar exchange rate, compared to an unfavorable rate for the yen.

As you might expect, Korean automakers were none too pleased by the Korea Automobile Journalist Association’s choice of the Toyota Camry. In fact, Hyundai apparently got a tip-off that Toyota would win and decided to boycott the event. An anonymous Hyundai executive was reported saying, “We are perplexed. It would have been a lot better if a Korean brand won the top prize.” A perfect example of an unbiased opinion, I’m sure.

Now that it’s clear international brands can be competitive in the Korean market, both Hyundai and Kia have already reduced prices on many of their most popular vehicles. They will devote more attention to domestic marketing from here on out.

It’s important to note that in 2012 the Camry was actually the SECOND best-selling vehicle in South Korea, lagging just behind the BMW 520d. So, it wasn’t sales alone that determined the prize. Koreans just love their new Camry’s more than any other car.

You do have to feel a little bad for these Korean automakers, though. They lived the dream for so long, able to focus exclusively on international markets while their cars virtually sold themselves in Korea. Now they have to compete on their home-turf, just like the rest of us. It will certainly be interesting to see which vehicle takes the 2013 Korea Car Of The Year Award. Fingers crossed that it’s another Japanese car.

Source: Detroit News


Evaluating the 2013 Toyota Camry – The Best-Selling Japanese Car

Posted by Stephen On Thursday, February 21st, 2013

Today we’re taking a break from the normal auto-news coverage to talk about one of the as-always-most-important Japanese cars of the 2013 model year – the 2013 Toyota Camry. As one of the best-selling vehicles ever made, knowing where the current model year stands is important for effectively evaluating other sedans.

2013 Toyota Camry

Logically speaking, you’d better have a good reason to buy a sedan that’s not a Camry. As you continue reading, you’re going to learn exactly what this year’s Camry bring to the table. You’ll learn what’s new, what stayed the same, what’s cool and what’s droll.

What’s New in the 2013 Toyota Camry?

The interior and the technology are definitely what has changed most since last year. For example, every single 2013MY Camry LE comes with a large, 6.1 inch touchscreen audio display. Every single new Camry of any trim package comes equipped with Blind Spot Monitoring to make changing lanes both easier and safer. And Bluetooth is integrated into every trim package, too.

The Camry LE is definitely the trim to see the most interior upgrades. One of the really cool new features for the 2013 Camry Hybrid LE is that the automatically-included Display Audio System shows you your energy level and fuel consumption. It’s not a life-saving feature by any means, but it’s really neat being able to have that data displayed in front of you, while you’re driving. It’s a constant reminder of why you bought a hybrid in the first place!

The LE trim with both hybrid and gasoline powertrains includes new Soft Touch dashboard materials, as well as a slightly different color scheme for the interior trim. If you opt for leather seats, those also include stitching to match the class your color scheme.

What’s Stayed the Same?

The 2013 Camry carries over the same mechanics from last year. Since there are no stark complaints with last year’s model, that shouldn’t be a problem.

Depending on the trim package – L, LE, SE, XLE, SE V6, and XLE V6 – you will get either a 2.5 L four-cylinder engine or a 3.5 L six cylinder engine (guess which ones get the V6).

If you opt to pair one of the four-cylinder models with an electric motor, you will not only enjoy improved fuel efficiency but also an extra 24 hp, up from 176 hp to 200 hp. Meanwhile, the 3.5L engine gives you a surprisingly powerful or 268 hp.

Conclusion

As you can see, Toyota has adopted a very sound motto for the 2013 Toyota Camry – if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. The mechanics are still the same. Great. The interior hasn’t changed TOO much, but it got some tweaks and some really sweet technology upgrades. Even greater. It’s a safe bet that the Camry will end up as the best-selling sedan in America once again this year, so any other sedan had better be able to step up, Japanese-made or otherwise.


Japanese Cars in January’s Top 20 Best-Selling Cars in America

Posted by Stephen On Sunday, February 3rd, 2013

While we’re certainly not going to claim that America is the defining automotive market, it is a fairly large one. January is always an important month for the auto industry, as it gives us the first data we have on 2013 vehicles. Thus, having the opportunity to analyze any sales data at all, especially from such a sizable market, is an eye-opening opportunity.

As you continue reading, we are going to take a first look at which Japanese cars to look out for this year. Even though trends seen in January may not be the same as trends seen at the end of December 11 months from now, they’re a powerful indication of what’s to come.

So, here are the top selling Japanese cars in America during the month of January, in descending order of sales. I’ll also discuss performance compared to this time last year.

1st Place – Toyota Camry (31,897)

Unsurprisingly, the Toyota Camry remains as undisputed champion in the American market.

50% of the cars, Japanese or otherwise, in the top 10 best-selling vehicles were midsize sedans. The Toyota Camry is the best midsize sedan out there. Therefore, the 2013 Toyota Camry was the best-selling vehicle in America during January, with sales up almost 13% since this time last year.

2nd Place – Honda Accord (23,924)

The 2013 Honda Accord had the greatest increase in sales of any other car in the top 20.

During the month of January last year, Honda only sold about 13K Accords. With almost 24,000 units moved out the doors of American Honda dealerships this month, that is a massive 75% jump in sales.

Still, the Accord would need to make that same jump one more time in order to surpass the Toyota Camry, which I don’t see happening even if their sales continue to increase throughout 2013.

3rd Place – Toyota Corolla / Matrix (23,822)

Another Toyota means that the top three best-selling cars in America are all Japanese made. And six of the top 10 best-selling cars are Japanese made. Not exactly surprising, but great news for us Japanese-biased individuals in the auto-industry. The Corolla is up a very reasonable 32% since last year.

5th Place – Honda Civic (21,881)

For those of you interested, the Ford Fusion took fourth place by selling 22,399 units during January, an astonishing 65% increase in sales over last year. The Honda Civic didn’t do quite as well, and is actually down .01% since last year. If they’d sold just 3 more Civics they’d be in the black.

6th Place – Nissan Altima (21,464)

Here we see the first Nissan on the list – their flagship Altima sedan – down 4% since last year.

9th Place – Toyota Prius (15,772)

This includes all four Prius models, including the regular Prius, C, V, and Plug-in versions. The Prius Liftback was the best-selling Prius with 9,685 sales.

16th Place – Nissan Versa (10,270)

18th Place – Nissan Sentra (8,979)

Last but not least, hanging out with Volkswagen, Dodge and Chrysler in positions 15 through 20 are two more Nissan vehicles. The Versa compact car saw a not-all-that great 9% increase in sales while the Altima’s more affordable cousin saw a 27% increase in sales.

All in all, January was a very good month for the automotive industry, as the market grew 14%. With any luck, January is just a precursor of what’s to come throughout the rest of 2013; it’s high time that the automotive industry got its comeback. Even if 2013 doesn’t turn out to be the year that everyone is hoping it will be, it looks as if the key Japanese cars are still going to do quite well, no matter what.

Source: Good Car Bad Car


Camry Hybrid Orders 10x Higher Than Expected

Posted by Stephen On Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

Toyota has done it again: Earlier in the year, it totally misjudged the demand for the Prius Alpha hybrid minivan, leading to shortages and some customers being told that they may not even get their cars until 2012.

Fast forward a few months, and Toyota has once again totally misjudged the level of demand for another car – this time the new Camry hybrid. With over five thousand orders placed during the first month it has been on sale in Japan, demand has exceeded Toyota’s monthly sales target by ten times.

Not 10%. Ten times.

Unlike the situation earlier in the year with the Prius Alpha, Toyota has not given any indication as to whether this might result in delays, but it does raise some interesting questions: Is Toyota’s market research really missing the mark so much? Or is Toyota deliberately setting their sales targets so low (500 per month) to generate these kinds of headlines later?

Of course, another possibility is that Toyota has underestimated the sheer scale of demand for hybrid cars that it has largely been responsible for: The Prius has been the number one best seller for a couple of years now in Japan, and Toyota has been pushing the hybrid solution for over a decade now. These Camry sales figures once again show that the hybrid model is not just a fringe option for eco-nuts, but is increasinlgy the power train of choice for the masses.

Toyota, you’ve done it. You have pushed the hybrid passed tipping point.

Now, please start taking this into account in your sales and production projections!

Source: JiJicom